Bucs' Barber, Lynch, Rice among Hall of Fame semifinalists

Hutchinson played 12 seasons at guard in the National Football League (2001-2012), including five in Seattle and six in Minnesota. Owens is fifth all-time in touchdown catches (153) and eighth in career receptions (1,078).

Lynch's 11-year Buccaneer tenure began when he was drafted in the third round in 1993; he finished his career with four seasons (2004-07) as a Denver Bronco.

James remains the Colts all-time franchise leader in carries (2,188), rushing yards (9,226), and rushing touchdowns (64) and was inducted into the team's Ring of Honor in 2012.

Hutchinson was a seven-time Pro Bowl guard and five-time All-Pro first-teamer. Rice has been Hall of Fame-eligible since 2013 but this is the first time he has been named a semi-finalist. Rice was selected to three Pro Bowl squads and was an All-Pro four times, as well as the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1996.

INDIANAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 15: Running back Edgerrin James #32 of the Indianapolis Colts stiff arms linebacker Zach Thomas #54 of the Miami Dolphins during their game on September 15, 2002 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. He's a five-time Pro Bowl selection, and his rare statistics could help his case to join teammates Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks in Canton. "He doesn't so much cut as he stops on a dime and then takes off again at full speed". He ran so low to the ground.

The Hall of Fame will whittle the list of modern-era candidates to 15 finalists in January, and nominees must receive 80 percent of the vote to guarantee enshrinement.

Joining them on the list of semifinalists are six who made it on their first years of eligibility: DB Ronde Barber, OG Steve Hutchinson, LB Ray Lewis, LB Brian Urlacher, WR Randy Moss and DL Richard Seymour.

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